Neighborhood Leadership Academy provides hands-on leadership training emphasizing community building principles, organizational leadership and management practices, and personal leadership skills. The program connects resources at University of Missouri-St. Louis (Community Partnership Project, Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program, and MU Extension) to residents and neighborhoods wanting to create more livable communities.
An external longitudinal evaluation of the program found that 68.2% of the participants reported starting new community leadership roles since being in the NLA, and some who previously had not led an organization or group became more involved. During NLA, participants develop a community improvement project, pitch it to an audience, and turn in a written project plan. The evaluation found that 70% of these projects were actually implemented in their respective communities.